Free State Stars as a club would like to express our support for South Africa’s Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, as she takes on the IAAF regarding testosterone levels in female athletes.
Semenya’s appeal against a regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners started this week – as the head of world athletics, Lord Coe, defended the rule put in place.
Coe said: “It would protect the sanctity of fair and open competition.”
The 28-year-old is seeking to overturn the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
The case is set to be heard until Friday, with a verdict expected by at least 29 March.
Under the proposed IAAF rule, female runners with naturally high occurring testosterone levels would have to race against men or change events unless they took necessary medication to reduce it.
Athletes who wanted to compete in certain events such as 800 metres must take medication for six months, then maintain a lower testosterone level thereafter.
Nonetheless, Stars are behind Semenya in her appeal and are joining hands with the rest of South Africa to offer moral support.